May 7 (Renewables Now) - US utility company NorthWestern Energy (NYSE:NWE) has launched a request for proposals (RfP) for renewable power generation from community-owned projects meeting the specific criteria of the state of Montana.
Getting a certain percentage of power from community renewable energy parks is a requirement under the Montana Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). NorthWestern calculates that it currently needs between 10 MW and 30 MW of additional Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREP) capacity.
The deadline for proposals is June 13, 2019 and the selection of the finalists is expected in August. The targeted commercial operation dates (COD) for the participating projects are in 2020, but the utility will also consider projects starting power generation later or earlier.
Renewables developers, Montana landowners, energy companies and businesses, Montana municipal governments, and tribal authorities, as well as other Montana businesses are welcome to respond to the RfP. Proposals for non-CREP projects, unbundled renewable energy credits, or non-renewable resources will not be accepted.
Sapere Consulting is administering the RfP process.